Well our Christmas break has started and if I post or share one thing that says otherwise smack my hand and tell my husband. See I am a homeschool diehard or I have a tendency to be. I think as a mom that homeschools I do fear that we could get “behind” but honestly if I thought about it a little harder my child is actually ahead so I need to let it gooooo. Plus, we all know as long as we are educating in some form or fashion most of the time, our children will never actually get behind. That’s one of those myths that conventional school people believe in but I digress.
But why do we need a break?
My oldest was recently terribly ill with a virus and it has put her out of sorts. It has exacerbated some of her sensory issues which has had a domino effect on everything else within her.
She needs a break, actually we all need a break. I discussed it with my husband who is my homeschool accountability partner (among other things) and he advocated to put the books away a few weeks early. Focus on Character through habit training, reconnecting through quality time, and sensory therapy (aka sensory focused nature walk or outdoor play). We can pick back up after Christmas and go all year round at a slower pace if we need to.
We need Christ-mas
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Which brings me to the next part, we are continuing with our family tradition of celebrating advent. Advent is making Christmas what it is suppose to be and that is Christ-centered. In reflection of last years advent I thought of meaningful reasons as to why one should celebrate advent.
Reasons to Celebrate Advent
*Study the historical birth of Jesus
*Bring true meaning to Christmas
*Grow closer to the Lord
*Grow spiritually as a family
*Develop a family tradition that is Christ centered in lieu of commercialism
*Bring peace to your home atmosphere during the busy Christmas season
I am using the morning time plans for Advent from A Gentle Feast. Yes, that lovely lady Julie Ross put together a Charlotte Mason approach to advent and that is what we are doing. I suppose in some aspects we are still doing something educational and it is learning about the historical birth of Jesus. The Gentle Feast advent offers plenty for Christmas.
There is seven lessons in total and each lesson contains a poem, composer study, a hymn, picture study, bible passage, prayers, and a handicraft. You can do one of these a day leading up to Christmas or a whole lesson each day the week or two prior to Christmas. I will probably being doing all of the parts that seem fun to my young children which is everything but the composer study.
It is hard for me to purchase something without seeing it first so here is a peek inside.
Sample Handicraft: Embroidery Hoop Button Trees
Sample Hymn with music sheet and hyperlinks: Silent night
Sample Poem: A Christmas Carol
Sample Prayer: A prayer for Advent
Sample Bible Passage: Luke 1:26-38 The Birth of Jesus Foretold
Sample Picture Study: Annunciation – Fran Ange
Sample composure study: “Christmas Tree Suite” by Listz
Oh and it also includes various types of living books for Christmas. If you’re interested in even more then read: 21 living books until Christmas.
I am fully embracing advent this year and look forward to the peace celebrating advent together brings. My husband reads the bible passage right before dinner and then we light our candle(s) on our advent center piece. How do you celebrate Christmas? Do you celebrate advent? What Christmas traditions do you hold dear?